Police: Woman attempts to hit officer with car, drags officer instead

Woman attempts to hit officer with car, drags officer instead
Posted at 2:50 PM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 09:41:39-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee woman has been arrested, accused of dragging the officer with her car after trying to run him over. 

Lakisha Harper, 34, was arrested on Monday.

According to an arrest document, an officer spotted Harper driving east on Dover Street Sunday afternoon and recognized her as someone who ran away from the police in a prior traffic stop.

The officer pulled behind the vehicle as Harper quickly pulled into a parking lot upon seeing the officer.

When the officer walked up behind Harper's car to talk to her, she put her car into reverse, nearly hitting the officer who jumped out of the way.

As the officer tried to protect himself by moving closer to the driver's side of the car, Harper put the car into drive. Believing himself to be in danger, documents say the officer reached into the car to try to shift the car into park.

However, the officer was unsuccessful, and Harper pulled forward with "great speed," dragging the officer by his arm. The officer wrote that Harper showed no signs of stopping or slowing down, so he tried on last time to detach himself from the car.

The officer was successful in getting detached, rolling onto the ground. 

The next day, officers stopped Harper, who they found driving around town around 1:53 a.m.

They write she was "very apologetic almost immediately when confronted with the incident," saying that she panicked because her license was suspended. While she denied that she intentionally tried to hit the officer, she admitted that she dragged him with her vehicle. 

A check revealed Harper's license had been suspended 28 times since 2005 and had been revoked for five years in 2016. 

When officers arrested Harper, they found a "crack pipe" in her purse. 

She was charged with aggravated battery on an officer, aggravated assault on an officer, non-moving traffic violation, and possession of narcotic equipment. As of Wednesday, she remains in the Leon County Detention Facility on a $23,000 bond.